Orwellian: Proposed Gun Law in Washington State Calls on Police to Inspect Homes of 'Assault Weapon' Owners (SB5737) - The Blaze - With each proposed anti-gun bill put forth by Democrats across the U.S., the demands appear to be getting more and more restrictive on gun owners. While the Obama administration pushes for a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and universal background checks, Democrats in both California and Missouri have proposed legislation that would result in possible confiscation of semi-automatic rifles. Now, Democratic lawmakers in Olympia, Wash. last week introduced legislation that would allow county sheriffs to inspect the homes of semi-automatic rifle owners once a year. Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat describes the move as “Orwellian.” The proposed bill, Senate Bill 5737, would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons that use detachable magazines and clips that contain more than 10 rounds. It would also subject law-abiding gun owners to random searches by a county sheriff. Read more.......
(2) Colorado House Passes Gun-Control Measures - Yahoo News - Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.
The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans, who were joined by a few Democrats to make some of the votes close.
The proposed ammunition restrictions limit magazines to 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Three Democrats joined all Republicans voting no on the bill, but the proposal passed 34-31. Read more........
(3) Virginia Legislative Update: Voter, Photo ID, HB1337 with Amendment- Passed Senate 20-Y, 20-N - Bill Bolling cast tie vote Yes, now back to House for vote. Deeds-No, Obenshain, Reeves - Yes.
**College student free association with clubs SB1074 - The House of Delegates today passed a priority for The Family Foundation, legislation that protects the free association rights of students on public college campuses. SB 1074, patroned by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg), ensures that religious and political organizations will not be discriminated against because of their beliefs and values. The bill passed 73-27. The bill already passed the Senate, so it is now on its way to Governor Bob McDonnell for his signature, along with its House companion, HB 1617.
**Transportation Bill - Raises Taxes - Family Foundation - If you’ve filled up at the pump recently, you’ve noticed that it’s costing a lot more. In fact, according to AAA, gas prices have risen 31 consecutive days. Unfortunately, if some members of the General Assembly have their way, the impact on your family is only just beginning.
As we enter the final week of the 2013 session, the topic of funding transportation dominates. Currently, ten members of the legislature, five from each chamber, are meeting to work out a plan based on legislation introduced on behalf of Governor Bob McDonnell and several other proposals. If they can come to an agreement, the plan they concoct could be voted on very quickly, with little time for legislators or citizens to look at the details. Read more.......
**Medicaid Expansion - Of particular interest is the analysis on rate of spending growth in Medicaid vs. transportation, education, etc. in Virginia. Medicaid spending has grown 206% since 1989, transportation spending has had 0% growth since '89. The federal match program has driven this growth in Medicaid spending so clearly expanding the program to receive the "match" will have serious consequences for Virginia's budget especially if the federal government reduces the matching program which the President is already talking about doing.
In his analysis Dr. Gray also outlines the negative impact Medicaid expansion will have on businesses.
(4) Chris Dumler: Albemarle County Employee Rules Call for Dumler Discipline Ouster? - Schilling Show Blog - Amidst continuing turmoil over the “Dumler situation,”—and various attempts to force him from office—the most direct path to Supervisor Chris Dumler’s ouster may be a simple application of Albemarle County employee EEOC regulations.
Democrat Dumler, who recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery charges, has insisted that he will not resign from his Scottsville Magisterial District seat on the Board of Supervisors. However, he may be compelled to exit—if subject to the same rules as every other Albemarle County employee.
The County of Albemarle Personnel Policy, §P-02 B-2, Definition of Employee Status, references Supervisors, under Definitions of Employment:
Salaried Board Members: Members of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission are paid an annual salary as established by county ordinance and state law. Read more........
(5) Jefferson Area Tea Party Calls on Chris Dumler to Resign - The Jefferson Area Tea Party (JATP) joins many other community entities, including the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) and the Charlottesville Daily Progress, in calling on Chris Dumler to do the honorable thing and step down from his position on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.
We withheld commenting on his felony charge of forced sodomy until the criminal process was completed. Mr. Dumler ultimately pled guilty to the reduced charge of sexual battery and his plea agreement with the Commonwealth enabled him to avoid potential criminal charges on two additional cases alleging criminal sexual misconduct.
Many voters in Mr. Dumler’s district who now feel frightened or intimidated are without representation because they are avoiding contact with him. If constituents cannot or will not meet with Mr. Dumler on issues of county business because he has entered a guilty plea to a criminal sexual offense, then he cannot fulfill the obligations of his position to his constituents. Read more........
(6) U. S. Wants to Send Christian Homeschool Family Back to Germany - Citizenlink - The U.S. Department of Justice wants to revoke asylum granted to a German family that fled their country after facing persecution for homeschooling their five children.
Germany has a broad ban on homeschooling with very few exceptions.
Music teachers Uwe and Hannelore Romeike were prohibited from homeschooling. The evangelical Christians withdrew their children from public school in 2006. They were concerned that the school’s values were in conflict with their values. Two years later — after facing police visits to their home to take their kids to public school — the family moved to the U.S.
In 2010, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) took the Romeikes’ case, and helped them win a legal battle. They became the first family to obtain asylum for the protection of homeschooling rights.
For a while, the Romeikes were able to homeschool their children in their small Tennessee town. But then Attorney General Eric Holder appealed the decision to the Board of Immigration. The Board sided with the government. HSLDA then appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more.......
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